A big expansion of dialysis services in Canberra

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SIMON Corbell says access to renal dialysis in the ACT is being increased by more than 50% and will include the first publicly provided nocturnal dialysis in Australia.

Simon visited the newly opened Tuggeranong service today to see the 12 new renal dialysis treatment stations, which are the first to be operated in the district.

The Tuggeranong service and a soon-to-be opened service in Belconnen are being delivered by Diaverum as part of an increase and relocation of renal dialysis services in the ACT.

“The new Belconnen renal service will offer 24 renal dialysis treatment stations, 12 of which have been designed to support nocturnal dialysis for patients, making it the first public provider of nocturnal dialysis in Australia,” Simon said.

“With the relocation and increase of services we will increase the number of new renal dialysis treatment stations in the ACT from 31 to 48.”

“The need to relocate and expand the ACT Renal Service in this way was identified through the Health Infrastructure Program, and is in line with the ACT Renal Services Plan 2010-2015 to support growth in community-based dialysis and ensure services are future proofed until 2023.

“Both of the services will provide comprehensive clinical care for renal patients, including dialysis and post-transplant care for patients with kidney diseases.

“Operating these vital services on the north and south of Canberra will provide renal patients in the region with convenient access to dialysis, with longer opening hours and less travelling time, depending on which side of Canberra they reside in.

“Furthermore, co-locating renal dialysis within existing ACT Community Health Centres will provide patients with better access to allied health services, such as dieticians or podiatry. Integrating services like this, means patients are receiving the right care, in the right place, at the right time and spending less time in hospital.”

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